Sister Helen constantly puts the importance of Matthew Poncelete and his loved one’s first throughout the movie. When he calls her from jail to ask for her help to convince others that he is innocent the first thing she does is go to visit him in jail. He only has a matter of time before he is to be executed for the assault and murder of two young adults. Overtime they form a close bond that nothing,
From the beginning of the novel it is apparent that McCandless has issues with his parents, mostly his father in particular. McCandless doesn’t approve of his father attempting to take over his life. His father’s ideals for him include going to college, getting a high-class job, and living a “normal” lifestyle. None of which is in McCandless’ future plans. This authority his father as well as the government tries to set upon him is one of the reasons why McCandless left to go into the wild. Another turning point in which McCandless lost trust in his father occurs during the revealing of his father’s secret, second family after questioning a number of old family friends. This pushes McCandless past his limit, and results into him rejecting his
When an individual finds the person who makes them happy, that person they can trust and will not give up on them regardless of what happens, the individual becomes a whole new person. That is the case of Sierva Maria; most see her as a possessed, evil young girl who has gone crazy, while Delaura sees the complete opposite. If we compare Sierva Maria from the girl she is at the beginning of the novel living in her basement, to the girl she becomes in the convent, most would be afraid to approach her. They would say she is a demon, but Delaura considers her a beautiful, amazing individual. He portrays her as an “angel” who deserves to be free and happy. Therefore he has an urge to save her from the evils of the demons such as the priest and
Chaim Potok’s The Chosen is a mysterious novel with very interesting dialogue and detail. Although the narrator’s name is never said or mentioned, Potok still managed to write this thrilling novel that has readers at the edge of their seats. In this novel, a 15 year-old boy, who is a protagonist, has a deep love for baseball shares Jewish culture and habits. Him and all the boys who go to school together play baseball on their spare time and are all on the same baseball team. While being friends and sharing many hobbies, the boys finally meet anonymous narrator’s father. Without the narrator even knowing why, all the boys become distant from him and seem to have formed an alliance against him after they had met his father. They had tried
First off, Father Flynn is being victimized by the fixated principal Sister Aloysius. She accuses him of inappropriately having relations with a child. Every action Father Flynn makes, Sister Aloysius seems to have a certain reprisal for his decision. Sister James, the history teacher for the 8th graders realizes that Sister Aloysius is adjudging Father Flynn’s opinions and calls her out on it:
Doubt, a film taking place in New York during the 1960s, focuses on the accusation of a priest, Father Flynn, being a child predator by a nun, Sister Aloysius. The credibility of Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn are often brought into question throughout the film. As the evidence gathered was mostly circumstantial and created through assumptions, Father Flynn did not harm Donald Miller at any instance despite the constant pressure from Aloysius to admit his guilt by leaving the parish.
Sister James believes that Father Flynn is innocent and that he is protecting Donald. She argues that Sister Aloysius just doesn’t like Father Flynn: “You just don’t like him … And you’re letting that convince you of something terrible!” (Shanley 35). Sister James thinks that Father Flynn is being a friend to Donald and that he is being truthful about his innocence. She also thinks that Sister Aloysius is being mean and doesn’t like Father Flynn for the way he runs the school. But in fact, Father Flynn did have a private conversation with Donald that did involve alcohol. Father Flynn even admits to Donald having alcohol: “Mr. McGinn caught him in the sacristy drinking altar wine. When I found out, I sent for him” (Shanley 33). Father Flynn admits to meeting with Donald and proceeds to make up a story, knowing that Donald won’t tell on him. I believe that Father Flynn manipulates the situation with Donald to take advantage of the young boy. In my opinion, Father Flynn’s behavior is strange and he leaves the church to run from Sister’s Aloysius’
In the past 5 years, He has changed parishes 3 times. He never told anyone why he changed parishes so much. In one of his sermons he expresses that, “ I’m sick. No one knows I’ve lost my last real friend. I’ve done something wrong.” (Shanley 6). Father tells the congregation that he has done something wrong but he does not tell anyone what he did. This sermon is right before Sister James finds out about Flynn and Donald’s relationship. When Sister James and Sister Aloysius confront the situation to Father Flynn, He denies everything. He says, “It was a private matter.” (Shanley 32). After all the arguing, Father Flynn threatens Sister Aloysius and Sister James starts to believe Flynn.
For example, while it is obvious that Sister James is comprehensive, optimistic and delicate, because she wants the approval from her superiors and students; Sister Aloysius, on the other hand, presents herself as determined, strict and a calculating person, due to the fact that she presents extreme care about details and thinks they are very important for knowing the truth. Maybe age plays an important role on defining how both of them behave. Sister Aloysius is an older woman, which makes her more experienced than Sister James; perhaps, this is why it was easier for Sister Aloysius to find Father’s Flynn sermon quite suspicious and instructs her fellow nuns to address her if they know of anything shady about the priest actions or behavior, while Sister James didn’t though that there was something behind the sermon about
The National Anthem was written in 1814 and was adopted by America in 1931. Years after adopting the National Anthem people are ready to fight and die for it. Recently at Harrison High School a ninth grader by the name of Philip Malloy states he had his first amendment rights taken away. Philip was supposedly singing the National Anthem at a time of respectful silence. What people did not know was that Philip was lying about being stopped for singing. Philip did not have his rights taken away because he had ample opportunities to apologize to Ms. Narwin, his actions caused her to get fired and receive threats from people in America, Philip used his college money to switch schools after she was fired then he proceeds to say, “I do not know the words.”
It overall allows each character to step away from God-like acts and do things that are perceived as unChristian. Father Flynn is affected by his desire for power by disregarding his vows of poverty and vanity, while Sister Aloysius uses the sin of lying to gain the upper hand. There is a display of disobedience with both the men and women of the Catholic church, and it was rather difficult for the women to go against the men during this time, which happened to be the 1960s, where men withheld power. Although Sister Aloysius was audacious enough to go against Father Flynn and seems to have won in the end of this chaotic game of power play, the reader is left in Doubt. It is unknown if Father Flynn really did molest Donald Muller or
It is agued that Father Flynn is indeed guilty. He is so worried about how he looks to others he might do or say anything to cover something up. “I feel as if my reputation has been damaged through no fault of my own” (Shanley 39). Flynn states that he shouldn’t have to worry about a damaged reputation because Sister Aloysius is the one damaging it. Still, he is worried about how is image will be perceived by others. Flynn is always trying to convince his innocents like he is trying to cover something up. He hovered over Sister James until he was able to change her mind about him. In away that could be seen as very manipulating like he could of done to Donald so he would keep quite. “Thank you, Father. I don’t believe it” (Shanley 42). Talking to Father Flynn about the whole incident with Donald, Sister James tell him that she believes him and not Sisters Aloysius’ accusations. Father Flynn tried to get anyone to believe him. But I argue that was just his way of clearing his name. He wanted to see the truth he was
The book by Tony Palmer “Break of Day”, is thrilling and exciting but it also tackles so influential themes.
Father Flynn works very hard to defend himself when he was getting accused. Sister Aloysius and Sister James called Father Flynn for a meeting about the winter pageant, but they have an underlying cause. Sister Aloysius brings up the suspicions she has about his relationship with Donald Muller. Father Flynn gets very offended and defensive of his actions to the sisters. He goes on about how he is different when it comes to discipline compared to the iron fist of Sister Aloysius. He seems almost too focused on coming up with excuses for why he is abnormally close with Donald. His actions make him seem very skeptical about his intentions and actions in regards to Donald Muller. Father Flynn then goes and talks to Sister James separately to talk with her about the accusations. By talking to Sister James alone, Father Flynn not only broke the rules but also seems suspicious. Father Flynn seems suspicious by talking to Sister James due to him taking time out of his day to go and try to convince her of his innocence. During the conversation between Father Flynn and Sister James, Father Flynn seems to threaten Sister James in a way: “You might lose your place as well” (Shanley 40). Father Flynn goes out of his way to convince Sister James of his innocence, which is very odd behavior considering she is at a lower position than himself. Father Flynn also goes and talks to Sister Aloysius against the